The Turkish government considers the YPG to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party, known by the acronym PKK, that has conducted terrorist attacks inside Turkey. Already, the YPG has received air support from the United States and, indirectly through Arab fighters, some USA weaponry.
The Pentagon would like to arm the Syrian Kurds as part of the planned push to recapture Raqqa, but the Turks have been adamantly opposed.
The brutal Syrian regime, he alleged, is supporting terrorism, maintaining its then-existing occupation of Lebanon, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programmes, and undermining the USA and worldwide efforts with respect to the stabilisation and reconstruction of Iraq.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to visit Washington next week. A congressional aide said officials informed relevant members of Congress of the decision on Monday evening.
Meanwhile at the White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that he was unsure whether President Trump had informed Mr. Erdogan of his decision.
However, U.S. officials said Mattis was not signaling a new agreement with Turkey about the battle plan for Raqqa, and maintained the Trump administration is skeptical of Turkey's claims that it can manage the liberation of Raqqa without Kurdish help.
The YPG forms the backbone of the SDF's forces.
Under right conditions will visit Pyongyang: S.Korea's Moon He has been critical of the two previous conservative administrations for failing to stop North Korea's weapons development. While tensions are high over the North's nuclear and missile programs, Moon said he backed engagement with Pyongyang.
Turkey views those Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists, or as allied with terrorists, due to their connection to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK militant group, which wants to carve out its own independent state within Turkey.
Even with the extra US weaponry, the Kurds and their Syrian Arab partners are expected to face a hard and perhaps lengthy fight for control of Raqqa, which has been key to the extremists' state-building project.
The United States has agreed to supply weapons to the main Kurdish opposition group in Syria, a move likely to anger Turkey just days before a meeting between the USA and Turkish leaders in Washington.
Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon also had a closed meeting with Turkish presidential adviser Ibrahim Kalin Tuesday at the State Department.
"We were troubled by that", Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, said of Turkey's failure to give adequate warning of airstrikes in the Hasaka area. "NATO allies stick together, " he said. "They see no alternative ground force for seizing Raqqa", said Chris Kozak, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. However, the White house's decision could not be positively accepted by the allied Turkey, which regards Kurd rebels as terrorists. Last month, Turkish warplanes launched assaults on Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria, killing more than a dozen people, and prompting a public condemnation from Washington.
The order has been signed and that "allows the process to begin to function", one official said. Kurdish leaders have said that if the people of Raqqa wish to join their autonomous "democratic federal" system after the Islamic State is defeated, that would be fine with them. Both are likely to be needed if Kurdish troops are to successfully penetrate Raqqa, well fortified by Islamic State militants.
USA media said it will seek 3,000 to 5,000 more soldiers, mainly to advise and train Afghan military and police. The US says it has 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, one-quarter of which are for the counterterrorism mission.
But this was very much a side Moyes wanted to send out to see if they could actually win another game - and they did. It's a result that sees them drop into the relegation zone after Swansea picked up a massive win over Everton.
In January, Toyota said it will invest $10 billion in the U.S. over the next five years , creating hundreds of jobs. Vehicle sales in the past fiscal year increased to 10.25 million units from 10.19 million vehicles a year earlier.
Gifted ($2.1 million), Going in Style ($1.9 million) and Smurfs: The Lost Village ($1.8 million) round out the rest of the top 10. But whether " Guardians " can turn the tide for summer sequels will be a much-followed story line as the season progresses.
Windows 10 S PCs are also fully manageable when utilizing a mobile device management software, including Microsoft Intune. The company will offer this and the new Office 365 for Education for free to schools that are approved by Microsoft.
Credit Suisse Group AG set a $75.00 price objective on CarMax and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Monday, April 10th. The insider STEENROD MITCHELL D sold $578,264. 5,787 shares were sold by GOODMAN SHIRA, worth $388,076 on Wednesday, January 4.
European officials considered the French election very important because of Britain's vote to leave the EU in June 2016. Last time her party made it to the final stage of the presidential election, it only managed to obtain 7 million votes.
The Social Democrats surged in national polls after Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president, was nominated as Ms. SPD Secretary-General Katarina Barley admitted defeat from the capital, Kiel, shortly after the results were announced.
South Korean vote may change outlook on N Korea
He has been critical of the two previous conservative administrations for failing to stop North Korea's weapons development. Exit polls project landslide victory for liberal candidate, a result that ends almost a decade of conservative rule.
Amazon has announced its new Echo Show in the US
The Echo Show can also show song lyrics as music plays, and video calls can be made to contacts who also have an Echo device. The e-commerce giant is silently running a promotional offer which allows you to purchase two Echo Show devices for $360.
Ouster of FBI's Comey tests Trump appointee Rosenstein
After much criticism for his involvement in the investigation against Clinton using private email servers when she was U.S. Comey's dismissal followed the revelation Tuesday that he made a mistake while testifying in Congress last week.
Democrats once blamed Comey; now they're defending him
Shortly after taking office, Trump reiterated his confidence in Comey, whose 10-year term wasn't slated to end until year 2023. He also listed Comey's conclusion to not prosecute Clinton as well as his pre-election press conference on Clinton as reasons.
Here Come the Trump Judges
A Democratic majority in the Senate eliminated that chamber's filibuster for nominees to the district and circuit courts in 2013. McGahan said Trump was putting on "finishing touches" and that people "would be amazed" by the exceptionalness of the nominees.
Morrison budget avoids serious tax reform
TREASURER Scott Morrison has promised has announced $75b for big Nation building projects over the next decade. Wage growth forecasts in the budgets are "probably on the optimistic side".